For many anglers, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a trout break the surface tension to sip in your carefully placed dry fly. But achieving success in dry fly fishing requires more than just luck. It demands skill, patience, and a practice. Whether you’re a seasoned dry fly angler or just starting out, these tips will help you elevate your game and catch more fish on the surface.
Clean your Fly line: Cleaning your fly line is an easy task that should be done before you step in the the drift boat. Clean lines can pay dividends in your dry fly game. They float, mend and cast better. I like the Rio towelette for a quick cleaning on the go.
Sit down: Seriously, the fish can see you. For this very reason you’ll see most Missouri River fly fishing guides have removed the front leg braces from their drift boats. Sitting lowers your profile and is much safer. Remember you don’t use your legs to cast.
Time the rise form: It may sound extreme but some days these fish have a cadence to their rise. Try to time it. Casting the fly in the fish’s lane and timing the rise can really make a difference on those days the fish are finicky .
Make the first cast count: Cast at the fish. The further the fly lands from the fish the more difficult it is to manage the drift. No to mention the chance of picking up weeds or lose its buoyancy and sink.
Use ariel mends: Deploy the reach cast. The reach cast is fundamental when dry fly fishing the Missouri river. Click the hyperlink above for more on ariel mends.
Move on: If the fish are not picking up what you’re putting down and you changed flies and prestations. Leave. Go find another pod of rising trout that may be more cooperative.
Dry fly fishing the mighty MO can be challenging, thrilling and rewarding. I do hope these dry fly fishing tips for the Missouri river help you put more fish in the net.